Kamila Shamsie among award-winning authors joining Centre for New Writing

The Centre for New Writing, based within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at The University of Manchester, is set to welcome two successful and dynamic new writers to its team in its tenth anniversary year.

Kamila Shamsie is the internationally-renowned author of six novels, including Kartography (2002), Burnt Shadows (2009), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and A God in Every Stone (2014), which was shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Baileys Prize. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Patron of the Manchester Literature Festival, and in 2013 was named one of Granta’s ‘Best Young British Novelists’.

Honor Gavin takes a multi-platform approach to the creative and the critical, involving music, performance and collaborations with groups such as Theatrum Mundi. She is the author of a monograph on modernist literature and film, and of an exuberant, experimental novel, Midland (2014), which was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize.

The centre has also announced the permanent appointment of its Professor of Creative Writing, Jeanette Winterson, whose lively presence has done so much to inspire the students and shape the character of the centre in recent years.

“2017 marks ten years of the Centre for New Writing, so we’re delighted that The University of Manchester is continuing to invest in creative writing,” said Kaye Mitchell and John McAuliffe, co-directors of the Centre. “Our new writers will complement and strengthen our existing team of lecturers.”

“We are organising other new projects and planning on working with many more new bright prospects over the next decade.”

“CNW brings together writers who excel in a range of different kinds of fiction, poetry and screenwriting, bringing their individual talents to bear on the work of all of our students,” said Professor of Creative Writing Jeanette Winterson.

Jeanette Winterson
Our new appointments come trailing clouds of glory and garlanded with prizes. We are delighted that they will join us as we work with new students in the coming years.
Jeanette Winterson

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